The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.

Introduction: Metropolis, Megalopolis and Metacity

Introduction: Metropolis, Megalopolis and Metacity

Introduction: Metropolis, megalopolis and metacity
BrianMcGrath and GrahameShane


With much fanfare, the urban century has arrived at the very moment that the definitions and meanings of the terms city, metropolis and territory seem to be exhausted. Manuel Castells (1999) pinpointed the dilemma when he said that more and more we live in an urban society without cities. Even within this Handbook's brief thirty-year time frame, architectural theories of the city have continually readjusted the meaning of these terms in response to huge shifts in the geopolitical landscape: the first oil shock and challenge to American hegemony in the 1970s, the rise of deregulated neo-liberal globalization and the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 1980s, the emergence of the internet's irrational exuberance ...

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